Friday, April 24, 2009

Dubai Sports City Ready To Defeat Australia

After more than three years and USD 100 million in investment, the
official opening tomorrow of the 25,000 seat cricket stadium at Dubai
Sports City has been called the realization of a dream, says its CEO.

Inaugurated tomorrow with a one day international cricket match
between Australia and Pakistan, the Dubai Sports City cricket stadium
– the only one of its kind in Dubai, and among the very best
purpose-built cricket stadiums in the world – will serve as a venue
for international and domestic cricket as well as hosting a
significant number of international caliber entertainment events.

"Just three years ago, the founding partners of Dubai Sports City set
out to build one of the world's best cricket stadiums, and today we
have realized that dream," said U. Balasubramaniam, Chief Executive
Officer of Dubai Sports City.

"This stadium, together with the ICC Global Cricket Academy which is
located onsite, will serve as a global centre of excellence for
cricket. Tomorrow's match between two of the world's best sides is
further testament to the potential of this facility as a truly
international venue for test, one-day international, and Twenty:20
cricket matches."

Dubai Sports City ready to go

From its inception, Dubai Sports City board members set out to build a
best-in-class facility, to ICC standards, from the design of its roof
structure based on the traditional Arabic tent, to the meticulous
detail shown in the construction and maintenance of the pitch which
simulates playing conditions on surfaces from three different

The Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium is bowl shaped, providing
excellent views from every seat in the ground and simultaneously
bringing the spectators closer than ever to the action.

The player's changing rooms will be among the most luxurious and
spacious of any cricket ground in the world. With indoor and outdoor
pitch-side seating, physiotherapy and massage rooms, a raised lounge
with a view of the pitch, locker rooms and dining areas, the Dubai
Sports City cricket stadium will provide the world-class player with
everything they need.

Within the media centre there are 82 indoor press seats with cable and
wireless internet connection and excellent views of the stadium. The
exceptionally well appointed VVIP and Gold boxes will hold more than
100 people, with 24 luxurious boxes on the lower level adjacent to
VVIP and Gold Boxes and 17 high quality corporate boxes looking out on
to the pitch from the top level of the venue.

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